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Surfer March 2016

We founded Surfer Magazine in 1960 with a mission: to bring our readers a slice of the entire surfing world with each issue. And for over four decades, we've made good on that promise. Every issue of Surfer is packed with spectacular award-winning photos, provocative interviews with the leading pros, and journeys to the coolest undiscovered surf spots. With your order you'll get the Annual Oversized Issue, the Buyer's Guide, and the Hot 100, featuring the world's best new surfers.

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8 Issues


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mason ho, bali, indonesia

There’s no single right way to ride a wave, and while we’re used to seeing certain stock-standard maneuvers, the surfers who challenge convention tend to turn heads and capture imaginations. Take this frame from Indonesia, for example: most surfers would likely skate around this crumbly section and back onto the open face. The slightly unhinged Mason Ho, however, saw an opportunity for a floater garnished with a stylish cross-step. Who says you have to be a loger to display some fancy footwork?…

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in man’s hands

A few weeks ago, we all witnessed the realization of a seemingly impossible dream. We watched our screens in disbelief as a perfect right—an oil-glass, head-high barrel—tore through a pond more than a hundred miles from the ocean. The wave wasn’t made by natural forces, but by the ingenuity of man. To be honest, I’m not sure how to feel about it. On one hand, I’m swollen with pride, amazed at what human beings are capable of when our foolhardy determination is eclipsed only by our scientific know-how. In that regard, Kelly Slater’s first ride on his artificial wave is like the surf world’s version of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. It’s a stagering achievement, and we knew the instant we saw it that our little surfing universe would…

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get fresh in fiji

Te first thing that I feel when I step off the plane is a wave of fresh air; not only the obvious kind, with tropical fragrance and humidity, but the kind when a local Fijian sweeping the floors stops to say hello and welcome you to his beautiful country. He doesn’t know where you are going or how long you are staying, but the gentle giant knows that you just arrived in paradise. I do too. I enjoy the simplicity. The Fijians have a time of their own - “Fiji Time” - no hurry, no worry. At Matanivusi Surf Resort our days are relaxed yet filled with fun and adventure, good waves or poor. Waking up with the Fijian sunrise never gets old; and having a coffee, fresh fruit and cereal…

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It would be hard to fathom just how much time surfers have collectively spent watching and re-watching the video of Kelly Slater surfing his perfect artificial peeler. At this point, we probably have every turn, barrel, and air committed to memory. And it’s not at all surprising that the video has resonated so much with surfers. We’ve all dreamt of a future when man-made waves could be built to our lofty standards of perfection. Well, it seems that the future has arrived. Kelly Slater explains how we’ve come this far and where we’ll go from here. TPYou said that this has been about 10 years in the making. What was the catalyst for you? What made you want to get involved in creating man-made waves? KS I think we all have this fascination…

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no template

Tall and loose-limbed, all bony shoulders and wavy blond hair, Ryan Burch is standing directly in a wash of yellow light pouring in through the big windows of his spacious, bohemian-chic apartment above downtown Encinitas, California. He’s laughing and scratching his head, trying to remember where he’s put a surfoard I asked to see. It could take him awhile; there are plenty of nooks, crannies, and rabbit holes here that could swallow a board forever. Burch rents an apartment on the bottom floor of the 128-year-old Derby House, the second-oldest building in town. It was once a hotel, but now serves as a sprawling, cozily ramshackle compound for artistically minded surfers. Although no one can say for sure, rumor has it that Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan once stayed here; maybe…

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laughing it off

When I call Sterling Spencer at his home in the sleepy Gulf Coast town of Pensacola, Florida, our conversation starts in a typically tonguein-cheek fashion. Spencer is quick to slip into character during interviews, and he talks about his new mockumentary surf film, Gold, as if it’s based in fact. Spencer claims to have ridden custom surfoards shaped by Bob Saget, been kidnapped by 11-time world champion Kelly Slater, and fathered big-wave icon Laird Hamilton. But as our conversation continues, Spencer starts to reveal the cracks in his comedic armor, and the man behind the online persona shows through. Over the last few years, in the wake of losing his father and one of his best friends, Spencer has fought hard battles with depression and anxiety. But the more serious life…